[Nine diagrams of the Solar System]

Method Copper engraved with early hand colour
Artist Coronelli, Vincenzo
Published [Venice, c.1690]
Dimensions 440 x 580 mm (Each plate ~125 x 170 mm)
Notes A series of nine plates on a single sheet, showing different configurations of our solar system, from Coronelli's Atlante Veneto. The diagrams, in three rows of three, show the motions of the planets in geocentric and heliocentric models, drawing upon the works of Copernicus, Descartes, Ptolemy, and Tycho Brahe. Each is presented in full wash colour, with borders of clouds, curtains, or ribbons. The full titles of each plate, from top left, are as follows:

1. Moti della Terra secondo Copernico, e qualch altro autore. 2. Ragioni di Copernico sopra il'terzo Moto della Terra. 3. Observationi sopra il sistema di Descartes sopra il Sito, e moto della Terra. 4. Sistema dell' Universo Secondo Copernico. 5. Ragioni di Copernico sopra il secondo moto della Terra ch' e l'annuale sotto l'Eclittica. 6. Sistema dell'Universo di Descartes. 7. Sistema dell'Universo Secondo Tolomeo. 8. Ragioni di Copernico sopra il primo moto della Terra. 9. Sistema dell'Universo Secondo Ticone.

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Venetian Franciscan monk, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher, and encyclopaedist. In 1663 he was accepted into the Conventual Franciscans, and by 1674 had been awarded a doctorate in theology. In 1678, Coronelli was commissioned to make a set of terrestrial and celestial globes for Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Shortly afterwards the Duke made him his theologian. In 1681, Coronelli also constructed a pair of globes for Louis XIV. In 1684 he founded the very first geographical society Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti, and in 1685 became Cosmographer of the Republic of Venice. Between 1690 and 1701 Coronelli published the 'Atlante Veneto' series of maps and charts. He later published 'Biblioteca Universale Sacro-Profana' one of the first encyclopaedias.

Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor tears and creases to edges of sheet. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £950.00
Stock ID 51043